Maya Zankoul

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Maya Zankoul
Maya Zankoul2.jpeg
Born (1986-06-30) 30 June 1986 (age 36)
Hasbaya, Lebanon
NationalityLebanese
Area(s)Artist & Writer
Notable works
Amalgam , Amalgam vol. 2

Maya Zankoul (Arabic: مايا زنقول) (born 30 June 1986 in Hasbaya, Lebanon) is a Lebanese author, visual artist, blogger and television personality mostly known for her sarcastic cartoons and comics published in her books and her popular webcomic blog, Amalgam.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Maya Zankoul grew up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and in 2005 moved to her home country, Lebanon, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design in 2007 from Notre Dame University – Louaize.

Career[edit]

In 2009, she started her comic blog, Amalgam, where she shares illustrations commenting on daily life in Lebanon from a socio-political point of view.[3]

She self-published her first book, Amalgam, in 2009,[4] which reached Top 5 in sales at Virgin Megastore.[5]

In summer 2010, after touring Lebanon with her exhibition Amalgame,[6] she published her second book, Amalgam Vol. 2.[7]

In January 2011, she founded her own design studio in Beirut,.[8] The Italian translation of her books is published by publishing house Il Sirente, in their Altriarabi series, and the books were launched at the Pisa Book Festival 2011.[9]

In April 2013, she co-founded explainer video company wezank.[10]

Books[edit]

Maya Zankoul's Amalgam Vol. 2 book cover

Author, Illustrator[edit]

  • Amalgam (2009) ISBN 978-9953-0-1521-7
  • Amalgam Vol. 2 (2010) ISBN 978-9953-0-1846-1
  • Beirut - New York (2016) ISBN 978-9953-0-3819-3
  • Story of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich (2020) ISBN 978-9953-0-5395-0

Illustrator[edit]

In the press
In books
  • Nuits Beyrouthines[15]

Television[edit]

Zankoul made her first major television debut with a segment aiming at teaching social media to stay-at-home women entitled Bwa2ta.[16] The segment premiered in August 2012 and still runs every Tuesday on Future Television.

Exhibitions[edit]

  • "Samneh w 3asal" (2011) At Tawlet Souk el Tayeb (Beirut)[17][18][19]
  • "Amalgame" (2009, 2010) At the French Culture Center, (Beirut, Saida, Tripoli, Deir el Qamar and Zahle centers)[6]

Other work[edit]

Zankoul actively participates in illustration in local and regional events. She did live illustrations at the Arabnet 2010 conference and at the 17e Salon du Livre Francophone de Beyrouth[20][21]

Zankoul has also lectured at the American University of Beirut,[22] and has presented her work at the First Creative Commons Salon in Amman, Jordan[23] and at Pecha Kucha Night 6 in Beirut.[24]

In October 2011, Zankoul presented her book and work to Felipe, Prince of Asturias at a Campus Party event in Granada, Spain.[25]

In September 2013, she participated to a talk titled "War, Not A Serious Issue" with Paolo Di Giannantonio in Lucera, Italy at the occasion of the Mediterranean Culture Festival.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News - CNN.com". Articles.cnn.com. 27 February 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Maya's Amalgam". Mayazankoul.com. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Talking To: Blogger Maya Zankoul". Nowlebanon.com. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  4. ^ Zankoul, Maya (2009). Maya Zankoul's Amalgam Maya Zankoul's Amalgam: 9789953015217: Amazon.com: Books. ISBN 978-9953015217.
  5. ^ "Maya Zankoul offers a slice of Lebanese life". GulfNews.com. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Expo: "Amalgame" de Maya Zankoul au CCF". Nowlebanon.com. 23 November 2009. Archived from the original on 27 March 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  7. ^ Zankoul, Maya (2009). Amalgam Vol. 2: 9789953018461: Amazon.com: Books. ISBN 978-9953018461.
  8. ^ "Maya Zankoul: Lebanon's Media Wunderkind | Magda Abu-Fadil". Huffingtonpost.com. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  9. ^ "2011 Pisa Book Festival" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Wezank, la vidÊo et l’animation au service de la communication" (in French). Lecommercedulevant.com. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Industry for Development". Making It Magazine. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  12. ^ "NGO rankings, Global Governance, Energy, Innovation, Issues". Global Journal. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  13. ^ Bailey, Alyssa. "Fashion Magazine - Beauty Tips, Fashion Trends, & Celebrity News". ELLE. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Arab Ad February 2015". Arabadmag.com. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  15. ^ [1] Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "ÇáäÔŃÉ ÇáÝäíÉ - "B ćŢĘĺÇ" ÝŢŃÉ ĘßäćáćĚíÉ ĚĎíĎÉ ááăŃĂÉ Úáě "ÇáăÓĘŢČá"". Elnashrafan.com. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  17. ^ "Lebanese culture served on a plate - CNN.com". Edition.cnn.com. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  18. ^ "Cartoons meet cuisine at Beirut's Tawlet | Life , Living". The Daily Star. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  19. ^ Carla Henoud (15 August 2011). "Samneh w 3asal... à déguster avec les yeux - Carla Henoud - L'Orient-Le Jour". Lorientlejour.com. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  20. ^ "Les Mots de la Mediterranee". 17Salon Francophone du Livre de Beyrouth. Archived from the original on 18 November 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  21. ^ "Le Blog de Maya Zankoul". 17Salon Francophone du Livre de Beyrouth. Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  22. ^ [2]Archived 26 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ "Archived copy". news.meedan.net. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  24. ^ "PechaKucha 20x20". Pecha-kucha.org. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  25. ^ "Regalo al Principe Felipe, de campusera Maya Zankoul | Flickr - Photo Sharing!". Flickr. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  26. ^ "Gli autori dell'XI Festival della Letteratura Mediterranea 18/22 settembre 2013". Mediterraneoecultura.it. 27 August 2013. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2015.

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